Hawkins teacher bound to grand jury in aggravated assault case

Jeff Bobo • Mar 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The aggravated assault charge against Hawkins County Elementary School teacher Veleka Setsor was bound over to the Hawkins County grand jury Monday following a preliminary hearing before Sessions Judge David Brand.

The grand jury next meets in April.

Setsor, 39, 102 Gordon Road, Rogersville, was charged with aggravated assault following an incident that occurred at her home on Feb. 3 in which she allegedly threatened to kill her daughter.

Two witnesses testified during Monday’s preliminary hearing including Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Funk, who responded to the Feb. 3 domestic disturbance complaint at the Setsor residence.

Funk brought three long guns to court Monday — a shotgun and two air rifles. Funk testified that he’d asked Setsor what happened, and she replied that she’d gone into the bedroom to get a gun to make her daughter leave.

Funk testified that Setsor could not say which gun she’d gotten, but it was one of the three brought to court Monday.

Setsor and her daughter, Eden Cheyenne Setsor, 18, reportedly had been arguing about money that night, and during that argument Veleka Setsor ordered her daughter to move out.

Funk said Eden Setsor told him her life had been threatened.

Hawkins County 911 dispatcher Samantha Napier testified Monday that she took the 911 call, and during the call heard that there may be a gun involved. Napier testified that she then heard the words “kill you.”

Hawkins County 911 Director Gay Murrell told the Times-News Tuesday she has sent the tape recording of that 911 call to be enhanced, after which it will be turned over to the attorney general’s office.

Following the testimony of both witnesses, Brand ruled that there was probable cause to bind the charge over to the grand jury.

An order of protection petition filed by Eden Setsor against her mother was dismissed by Circuit Judge Kindall Lawson last month after mother and daughter agreed not to have contact with each other for six months.

Setsor remains free on bond and continues to teach at Hawkins Elementary.

Her attorney, Doug Jenkins, has stated publicly that the incident was blown out of proportion.

Jenkins told the Times-News last month that Veleka Setsor was trying to discipline her daughter, and that the incident didn’t merit such a serious charge. He asked the public to withhold judgment until it hears her side of this as it comes out in future court proceedings.

Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable by three to six years in prison.

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